My glass is transparent and colourless. It captures and releases light and its surrounding colours.
The glass is illuminated by the rays of light, and the feelings of those who view them, inviting them to venture into another world.
The installation Hall of Lightmade of 22,000 glass beads, shaped one by one by the hands of Murano craftsmen, create a cascade of light, a space full of joy and crystalline energy.
In the room behind, there's a space of relax and encounter, where people interact with glass and with each other.
Anyone who has ever visited Venice, where Ritsue Mishima makes her glass works, will certainly recall the radiant sun shining high in the sky and the glittering multicolored light reflected on the surface of the water in the Floating City. There, we are also routinely treated to scenes such as people exchanging pleasant greetings under the beautiful sun. In her work, Mishima gives form to the light of Venice. Since ancient times, light has inspired us to envision entities that are invisible to the eye. The light that Mishima produces is not merely a physical phenomenon, it is also the light we find within our hearts, the ceaselessly brilliant light of memories that extend beyond time, and the light of gratitude and hope offered to sacred things.
In this exhibition, Mishima creates light that pours down from the sky and a place in which light triggers encounters and connections between people. Please take this opportunity to experience these recent developments in the artist's work as she continues to pursue a cross-disciplinary, genre-spanning approach, which in recent years has come not only to include art, but also architecture, fashion, and design.
—November 2019, ShugoArts
Please note that winter holidays for the gallery runs from 29 December 2019 to 6 January 2020.
Press release courtesy ShugoArts.